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12 Grapes adds a new Chef to the menu!

12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar – voted Westchester Magazine’s “Best Wine Bar” and “Best Live Music Spot” in 2012 – has become “the go-to spot for top-notch performers” (WM, Dec ’11) including Grammy winners and nominees, Emmy nominees and Blues Music Award finalists. They feature some of the area’s most popular touring musicians including Jon Cobert (Tom Chapin, Bruce Springsteen & others), Michael Bram (just off his national tour with Jason Mraz), Marc Von Em (Rob Thomas’s back-up singer) and even guitar great, Bernie Williams.

Now, 12 Grapes has another outstanding artist on their roster: Chef Tibor Kogler. Just as they’ve done with their music and award-winning wine list, 12 Grapes is raising the bar on their menu as well, bringing New York City fine dining to Northern Westchester.

Hungarian-born Chef Tibor Kogler gained his expertise in some of the top restaurants in Manhattan, perfecting Greek food at Anthos, Spanish cuisine at Flor de Sol, and in New American cooking at Telepan, a farm-to-table pioneer. He also worked with Michael Psilakis at MP Taverna in Roslyn, Long Island. In 2009, Chef Tibor moved to the Hudson Valley and later headed the newly opened Tavern at the Gunks in Ellenville, one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Best New Restaurants of 2011. His signature dish was featured on the cover.

Chef Tibor Kogler

At 12 Grapes, Chef Tibor’s menu focuses on healthy, fresh ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible. His dishes pair well with 12 Grapes’ extensive wine list. Among the appetizers are Crispy Seared Spanish Octopus, Pork Ribs with Corn & Grilled Onions and Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Blue Cheese, Bacon & Apples. A Cheese & Meat plate can be ordered for 2 or 4, and includes added delicacies such as Onion Marmalade and is served with crusty sour dough bread. Entrées include Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Poached Plums, Pan-seared Rainbow Trout, Wild-caught Salmon with Creamy Mustard Dill Sauce and Crispy Skin Murray’s Chicken with Leeks & Roasted Garlic Butter Sauce. House-made desserts such as a flourless Baked Hot Chocolate and Pear Tarte Tatin are also menu standouts.

Brussels sprouts…mmmmmmm crispy pork, too

12 Grapes plans to continue their popular Wednesday Night $10 Burger Special and add monthly wine tastings. Look for more wine tasting dinners, as well.

12 Grapes is located at 12 North Division Street in historic downtown Peekskill. The restaurant features live music Thursday through Sunday evenings. Dinner reservations are highly recommended by calling 914-737-6624. For more information and to see their calendar of events, visit

The “lol” shot here is the empty plate of what was octopus

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